Together Grateful Layout by Missy Whidden

Friday, September 6, 2019

Hey, friends! Missy Whidden here with a fun and colorful layout using Paige’s Truly Grateful collection. I’ve had my eye on Paper 07 with all of those beautiful & colorful trees and I finally used it on this page. I fussy cut a lot of them out and decided to go with a landscape design. This allowed me to use a lot of the trees as well as mixed media to create a fun sky and grass area. I placed my photo right in the center and embellished around it.
I layered trees on both sides of the photo. I added adhesive foam behind some of them to create dimension. I used a large gold word as the title from the Ephemera Die Cuts and added a secondary title from the small Puffy Phrase Stickers. I added several Puffy Stickers in and around the trees including a cute squirrel, a few birds, and a couple mushrooms. They are so small and adorable! I added a Cardstock Sticker here above the journaling strips with yellow tangled thread under it.

To create the background, I coated thick white cardstock with clear gesso. After it dried, I used lots of blue and green Shimmerz sprays to create a big blue sky and lots of green grass. I simply sprayed the colors onto the paper, spritzed it with water, and then tilted the paper from side to side to let the colors run and blend together. After everything was dry, I used a brush to splatter gold around the page. To add more pops of color and texture, I added tangled thread under the photo in a few different colors.

On the sky part of the page, I fussy cut a sun from Paper 14 and tucked it behind the photo. I also used two butterfly Puffy Stickers. I machine stitched trails to add subtle texture. I also used a foam ink blending tool with white acrylic paint to smudge on clouds.

This was so fun to create! Those trees inspired this landscape idea and I love how it turned out. I hope it inspires you to use mixed media with the Truly Grateful collection. They are a perfect match! Be sure to check out my process video for even more details.

Thanks for stopping by!

SUPPLIES: Patterned papers, stickers, embellishments, die cuts: TRULY GRATEFULwhite cardstockwhite acrylic paintgessoinks
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  1. This is soooooo gorgeous! LOVING the background colors and loving all the trees!

  2. Loving your pretty park! The blue sky is so perfect filled with birds and butterflies. I can almost feel the breeze! Gorgeous layout Missy!!


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